Monday, November 23, 2015

Review ~ Hope Under Mistletoe by Jessica R Patch

 About the Book

A rowdy bar owner. A widowed pastor’s wife. And Christmas hope that brings them together.

After widower Eden Snow’s church almost burns to the ground, she’s compelled to find a temporary place to hold services and Christmas cantata practices.

Has-been hockey player, Knox Everhart, has a reputation for being fast on the ice and with women. Except Eden. She’s always been a fascinating mystery to him, which is why he agrees to let her use the back room of his bar—with one rule: No converting his customers.

But when Eden brings the church to the bar, it offers something the bottle can’t. Hope. And he finds himself falling in love with a woman and a Savior he feels unworthy to pursue.

My Review

A charming novella set in the small town of Mistletoe shows that there is always hope when one puts their trust in Christ. From the rough and rowdy to the heartbroken, God can and does work miracles. 

Jessica R Patch has written a sometimes gritty but always poignant story of redemption that captured my attention from the beginning. Hope Under Mistletoe is Book One in a three book series. I’m looking forward to reading the next two.

I purchased this e-book (it was free) from Amazon and was not obligated to write a review.

Purchase: Amazon

About the Author

Jessica R. Patch lives in the mid-south where she pens inspirational contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. When she’s not hunched over her laptop or going on adventurous trips in the name of research with willing friends, you can find her sneaking off to movies with her husband, watching way too much Netflix with her daughter, dominating her son at board games, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she'll probably never cook. Her debut novel with Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense will release in early 2016. She is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.

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This is my first Christmas story of the 2015 season and it started it off pretty good, Y'all! I have a few more lined up already and look forward to spending quite a few hours curled up with a hot cuppa and a good book. 

It's super windy and cold here on the bay this morning. I was thinking about venturing out to the craft store for some Christmas garland making supplies but my mind is quickly being changed. Perhaps I will dig into another book on my list, The Substitute Bride by Carrie Fancett Pagels or Flirting with Mistletoe by Dora Hiers. 

Do you have any books you can't wait to read during the Christmas season? Please share! I love book recommendations. :)

Happy Reading,

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thirty Days of Gratitude

I always sign up to take these challenges and then fall behind. Life gets messy and things take precedence over making blog posts, FB posts, Instagram posts, Pinterest pins, etc....

This month is no exception to that rule. It's been one thing after another. But I do take time daily to thank the Lord for specific things. I just might not post it for all the world (or my small corner of it) to see.

Let me say that while we (meaning most people) usually focus on what we determine to be 'good' things that we're thankful for, I want to focus for a moment on things that aren't considered to be 'good'.

Scripture says that all things are under His authority. That means good and bad. They are all for my benefit. They are to grow me and stretch me and refine me in my faith, love, trust and hope in HIM. Not in my circumstances, not in my abilities, not in my spouse, not in my children, not in anything but HIM, Jesus Christ, the One who laid down his life for my sin, who bore my punishment on the cross of Calvary so that I might be saved. His sacrifice wasn't to rescue me from hurt or pain or trials or tribulations but from eternal separation from God.

So as I sit here today reflecting on the 'bad' things that happen in life (losing a child, a parent, a spouse, a friend, a job, etc.) my prayer is that they push us to draw closer to the One who holds our heart above all others. The One who loves us like no other and brings us through every experience. Without Him, we would not be able to reach others with compassion and love and go about our day with their circumstances weighing on our heart, with their needs escaping our lips as we cry out to Abba Father for their comfort or healing.

Whatever our circumstance, whatever we have is enough if we have Him.

1 Thessalonians 5: 17-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day

2 Timothy 1:7 
 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

Friday, November 6, 2015

Let Freedom Ring!

This AMAZING American Bald Eagle landed on the beach right in front of our condo the other day!

~Happy Snapping~

 Isaiah 40:28-31 (NASB)

Do you not know? Have you not heard? 
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth 
Does not become weary or tired. 
His understanding is inscrutable. 
He gives strength to the weary, 
And to him who lacks might He increases power. 
Though youths grow weary and tired, 
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord 
Will gain new strength; 
They will mount up with wings like eagles, 
They will run and not get tired, 
They will walk and not become weary.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

By the Sea

Now that we are empty nesters, our weekend mornings are spent watching the sunrise and walking along the beach. All this free time together to explore and enjoy this next phase of life is a bit surprising as it seems like only yesterday that we were young and carefree, learning about life and each other. I'm often reminded of this Disney song we used to sing with our children when they were little.

"By the sea, by the beautiful sea, you and me, oh how happy we'll be."
Until next time,
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